The Children’s Movement of Florida has a new CEO: Vance Aloupis, who helped found the childhood advocacy organization six years ago.
Aloupis, 32, was already overseeing day-to-day operations for the group, which advocates for early childhood education and champions increased healthcare and resources for young people. He will replace David Lawrence Jr., who remains the organization’s chair.
“I’ve worked closely with Vance for more than five years now, and he is fully ready to take on even more leadership,” said Lawrence, the former Miami Herald publisher who has become a leading advocate for children. “[Vance] blends great human values, purposeful energy, an eagerness to give every child every chance to succeed, and political and personal savvy and wisdom.”
Aloupis has been a fast riser. He has been appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Community Service twice, and to Miami Dade College’s Early Childhood Education Advisory Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor’s School Readiness Task Force, and the boards of Miami Homes for All and Connect Florida.
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“The quickest path toward real equity in our state begins with all children having a strong start during the first few years of life,” said Aloupis, a University of Miami graduate who is married and has two young daughters. “I am so honored to help lead an organization, The Children’s Movement, that I believe wholeheartedly will change the future of Florida for the better.”